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Frackers Respond to Fracktivist Rally

Over a thousand fractivists from across the state, including our region, traveled to Albany to once again urge Cuomo and state lawmakers to maintain the moratorium on hydrofracking or outright ban it.
Over a thousand fractivists from across the state, including our region, traveled to Albany to once again urge Cuomo and state lawmakers to maintain the moratorium on hydrofracking or outright ban it. Once again, Cuomo did not mention fracking in his annual address, disappointing proponents of the controversial gas drilling technique.

Rachael Bunzey of Afton is a field director for Energy In Depth which advocates on behalf of the gas industry. She says a large turnout of opponents is not indicative of the general population's view on the issue. Bunzey says many pro-frackers are busy farming or working other jobs and can't afford to take the trip to Albany.

"A lot of our opponents, the people who are against natural gas, are being completely hypocritical. They drove up to Albany today in their cars, they're wearing clothes that are made in factories that are produced through natural gas, they're holding signs that are petroleum based. And they're really denying people their heat source. They're up there protesting natural gas on the coldest week we've had all year," said Bunzey.

Bunzey says many landowners are growing weary by the inaction in Albany on the issue and wish Cuomo would make a decision so they can get on with their lives. The moratorium on high volume horizontal hydrofracking, put in place by Cuomo's predecessor David Paterson, is now in its sixth year.
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